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One of the UK's youngest murderers jailed for minimum of 11 years

Jailed: Zoheb Majid
Jailed: Zoheb Majid

A boastful 13-year-old boy has been jailed for a minimum of 11 years for the murder of a woman mugged as she walked home from the pub.

Petri Kurti was ordered to be detained at Her Majesty's Pleasure - the equivalent of a minimum term life sentence for a youth, by Judge John Warner at Wolverhampton Crown Court today.

He was named following a ruling by the judge to lift reporting restrictions.

Judge Warner said that he had been described afterwards as "boastful and not caring less" but also later "crying, saying you had not meant to do it".

His victim Glynis Bensley was punched by the youngster and, as she went to the pavement, he stamped on her head on September 3, last year.

Co-accused Zoheb Majid, 20, of Cheshire Road, Smethwick, in the West Midlands, was jailed for 10 years following his conviction for Ms Bensley's manslaughter, and a seven-year concurrent sentence for robbery.

Passing sentence, Judge Warner said Kurti had been "effectively running wild" at the time, but demonstrated "criminal maturity" if not social maturity.

He handed the youngster, who showed no emotion in the dock, a concurrent five year jail term for the robbery - Kurti rifled his victim's pockets stealing cash and other belongings.

The judge, who heard that the teenager was "boastful" after murdering the vulnerable 47-year-old, told him: "CCTV showed you swaggering in front of others."

He added: "You come from a home where there has been a complete lack of boundaries or structure where neither parents understand the seriousness of your behaviour - they blame others.

"This reinforces your own clear reluctance to take responsibility for your own actions."

Kurti had been excluded from school and a pupil referral unit for his aggressive behaviour, and as young as he was, already had previous convictions for attempted theft, assault with intent to steal and battery.

The trial heard that Ms Bensley, who had just left the Seven Stars pub, was initially struck by the teenage defendant, who was then joined by Majid at the scene in Cheshire Road within seconds.

The pair turned their victim over, stealing property including a bracelet and cigarettes, and going through her pockets before she was stamped on. Witnesses described how Kurti fled to a nearby park and was overheard talking about the attack.

Majid was also seen at the park and was overheard talking about selling a gold bracelet.

Both defendants were arrested within a week of the killing, which was captured on CCTV footage lasting around 30 seconds.